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Addressing Barriers to Low-Carbon Innovation

Essays on Structures and Policies to Mobilise Private Finance

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Friedemann Polzin

The author analyses how finance flows can be guided towards low-carbon value generation and growth. He investigates the arrangements between actors in the innovation system and policy measures such as technology push, demand-pull and regulation with regard to their influence on private investments. The case studies include innovation intermediaries, energy service contracting for LED lighting and renewable energy project finance. The results show that barriers to low-carbon innovation inhibit the financing for companies, projects and infrastructure. Also, transparent structures which focus on risk and return facilitate private investments and, finally, both science, technology and innovation policies and regulation are needed to spur private finance.
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Friedemann Polzin researches the financing of eco-innovation and entrepreneurship for a transition towards a green economy to derive policy and managerial implications. He gained broad experience in research, implementation and consulting. His work has been awarded multiple awards.

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